EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on January 5, and included 14 different families and 36 journalists. After publication, I received many tips regarding other family relations in the industry, including other members of families listed that I had missed. This update now contains all of the relations I was able to verify that also meet the article’s criteria (a journalist currently in the industry with at least one relative that is or was in the industry as well.)
This update has also been revamped to make it more navigable by adding anchor links due to the length and number of families. The original update and correction notices remain listed at the bottom of the article, and any further ones will be added there as well. This article will continue to be updated as more tips are sent in.
Late last year, various groups announced that they are launching media diversity surveys to help the public get a better sense of the makeup of Canadian newsrooms. These surveys will examine demographic factors, such as race and gender. What remains missing is an effort to track how many journalists working today either had or have family members in the industry.
I’ve put together a list of all the connections I’m aware of (not including spouses or couples), which will be updated as I learn of more. This list is not intended to be a reflection on the competence of any of the journalists mentioned. I’m not implying that they are in the industry because of family connections, or that they would have never succeeded otherwise. I’m also not implying any of them have tried to hide their family connections, as most have mentioned them either in their writing or on social media.
Please email email@example.com if you know of any connections not listed here.
Here they are…
Allen | Amber | Armstrong | Atkinson | Berton | Blatchford | Breakenridge | Brown | Brown/Laco | Bruce | Burman | Cameron | Carlin | Crittenden | Cushman | Dyer | Edmonds | Fatah | Fawcett | Francis | Frum | Fulford | Gee | Genier | Grant | Griwkowsky | Gzowski | Halton | Haysom | Henderson | Honderich | Hume | Kay | Lorinc | Luft | MacGregor | MacIntyre | MacKenzie | MacLeod | MacPherson | McAuliffe | McIntosh | Mollins | Oliver | Parker | Porter | Radwanski | Reguly | Ross | Sherriffs | Stead | Stone | Swain | Teitel | Troyer | Van Dusen | Westell
Journalists: Ralph Allen, Carroll Allen, Glen Allen, Gene Allen
Ralph Allen was an author and sports journalist. A bio for him at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame notes that, “Generally acknowledged as the first outstanding sports writer in the prairies, Ralph Allen made his impact during the 1930s, covering just about everything for the Winnipeg Tribune […] Allen joined the Tribune sports department at age 16.” He also worked at the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s throughout his career, in a variety of roles. He died in 1966.
Ralph was the brother of Carroll Allen. Carroll’s obituary notes, “She read and edited fiction, essays and poetry manuscripts for Maclean’s Magazine at an early age. She was a Journalist with the Toronto Telegram, the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail and later as a Freelancer for a variety of publications, including for Chatelaine Magazine, Canadian Living and Homemakers Magazine.” She also taught at Ryerson in journalism. She died in 2016.
Ralph was the father, and Carroll an aunt, to Gene and Glen Allen.
Glen Allen worked as a senior writer and editor at Maclean’s, and the “Montreal Gazette and Kingston Whig-Standard, among several other papers across the country,” according to a Maclean’s article about his life. He died in 2005.
A Ridley College biography of Gene Allen notes, “Gene Allen has had an extensive and varied career as a television news and documentary producer and as a newspaper editor and reporter […] Between 1979 and 1991, Gene worked at The Globe and Mail, holding positions as foreign editor, Queen’s Park reporter, assistant city editor, and copy editor. From 1997 to 2001, he was Director of Research and a senior producer of the CBC/Radio-Canada television series Canada: A People’s History.” Gene has worked at Ryerson’s journalism school since 2001 in a variety of roles, and has written multiple books.
Journalists: Arnold Amber, David Amber
Arnold Amber worked for both Reuters and CBC throughout his career. A CBC obituary for Arnold notes, “In his long career at CBC, Amber led coverage of major news events as executive producer of CBC News specials. He was executive producer of Inside Media and Newsworld International and had worked as a reporter, lineup editor and producer in various regions […] Before coming to the CBC, Amber was a correspondent for Reuters in Africa and Europe.” Amber retired in 2006, and died in 2017.
Arnold was the father of David Amber. A profile of David on the NBA website notes, “Amber began his broadcast career in 1997 as a reporter and ultimately served as an anchor at TSN.” He has also worked at ESPN and Sportsnet in a wide variety of roles, including host, anchor and reporter, covering many different sports leagues.
Journalists: Sally Armstrong, Peter Armstrong
Sally Armstrong began her career in journalism in the mid-’70s. She has worked at Canadian Living, Homemaker’s and Chatelaine, contributed to the CBC and Maclean’s, and written several books. She has also been awarded the Order of Canada. She still contributes to multiple publications, in addition to doing human rights work.
Sally is Peter Armstrong’s mother. Peter has worked at CBC since the early 2000s, in a variety of roles including parliamentary and foreign correspondent, and the host of “World Report” and “On The Money.” He currently works as the national business correspondent at CBC News.
Journalists: Joseph E. Atkinson, Elmina Atkinson, Joseph S. Atkinson, Harry C. Hindmarsh, Emily Mathieu
In 1899, Joseph E. Atkinson joined the Toronto Evening Star as the publisher and editor. He would continue in these roles until his death in 1948, becoming the majority owner of the publication that would eventually be known as the Toronto Star. Joseph was married to Elmina Atkinson, who was also a journalist.
Joseph and Elmina had a son and a daughter. Their son, Joseph S. Atkinson, became the publisher after his death, continuing in this role until 1966, two years before his own death. Their daughter, Ruth Atkinson, married Harry C. Hindmarsh, who was editor in chief at the Toronto Star and eventually the president as well.
After Joseph Sr.’s death, majority ownership of the newspaper eventually transferred to TorStar Ltd., owned by the five trustees of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation: Joseph S. Atkinson, Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh, Beland Honderich, Burnett Thall and William J. Campbell. These five families retained ownership of the newspaper until last year.
Ruth and Harry are the great-grandparents of Emily Mathieu. Emily worked as a reporter, among other roles, at the Toronto Star from 2008 to February 2020. She now works as a freelance journalist.
In 2020, the Ryerson School of Journalism introduced the annual Elmina (Elliott) Atkinson award, which is funded in part by Emily, who has also handed out the annual Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh award on occasion. Her Twitter bio reads, in part, “Toronto Star loyalist. Elmina’s great-great-granddaughter.”
Journalists: Pierre Berton, Janet Walker Berton, Paul Berton
Pierre Berton worked as a journalist for decades. An author bio of him notes, “He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program ‘Close-Up’ and was a permanent fixture on ‘Front Page Challenge’ for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.” He received multiple awards from the government, and wrote 50 books. He retired in 2004, and died later that year.
Pierre was married to Janet Walker Berton. An article about Janet’s death notes that she “began work as a journalist at the Vancouver Daily Province in 1941, right after university graduation […] It was while working for the Province that she met Pierre Berton, a rival reporter for the Vancouver Sun, and the two married in 1946.” She died in 2015.
Pierre and Janet are the parents of Paul Berton. Paul has worked in journalism for more than 30 years, including as the editor-in-chief of the London Free Press, national comment editor at Sun Media and for the past decade as editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator.
Journalists: Andy Lytle, Tommy Lytle, Christie Blatchford, Andy Blatchford
Andy Lytle worked as a sports reporter at a range of publications, including the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Star, from the 1910s to the early ’50s. His son, Tommy Lytle, worked at the Toronto Star from the ’40s until his retirement in 1974.
Andy’s granddaughter, and Tommy’s niece, Christie Blatchford, worked in the journalism industry from 1972 until her death in 2020. She was a columnist and/or a reporter at various publications, including the National Post, Toronto Sun and Globe and Mail.
Journalists: Rob Breakenridge, Dave Breakenridge
Rob and Dave Breakenridge are brothers.
Rob currently works at Global News. His profile on the site notes, “Rob Breakenridge is the host of Afternoons on 770 CHQR, weekdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Rob brings over 20 years of experience in the radio industry, having joined 770 CHQR radio in 2003 after six years with 630/CHED radio in Edmonton. Rob has been a weekly columnist with the Calgary Herald for nine years, and has also been a contributor to the National Post.”
Dave’s Twitter profile notes that he is currently a managing editor at the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Examiner. His LinkedIn notes that prior to that, he worked in a range of roles at different Sun Media publications.
On Twitter, Dave recently wrote, “Our grandfather was an [Edmonton Journal] reporter (on the coveted local golf and wrestling beat), and later a [Calgary Herald] columnist. But he died in ’79.” In 2015 on Twitter, he wrote, “Great-grandfather, who published a weekly paper in Holden, died long before I was born.”
Journalists: Jim Brown, Andrew Brown, Julian Brown
Jim Brown has worked in radio since the early ’90s. He has worked at the CBC for more than 15 years, including as host or guest host of: “The 180,” “The Eyeopener,” “The Current,” “As It Happens,” “q” and “The Sunday Edition.”
Jim is the father of Andrew and Julian Brown. A 2014 Calgary Herald article on Jim notes, “Growing up around a journalist dad who loves what he does rubbed off on sons Andrew and Julian. Today, 28-year-old Andrew is a radio reporter for CBC Calgary, while Julian, 25, works at CBC Halifax. ‘If I had known I was starting a dynasty, I would have gone into dentistry,’ says the 55-year-old Brown with a chuckle. ‘If the CBC’s funding is ever eliminated, I’m going to have a very full basement.’”
Journalists: Harry (Harold) Brown, Robin Brown, Lisa Laco, Andrew Laco
Harry Brown was a radio and television broadcaster, who was in the industry for more than 50 years. He was at the CBC for at least 30 years, according to his obituary, “hosting such popular programs as ‘As It Happens’, ‘Morningside’, ‘Marketplace’, ‘Take 30’, and TV Ontario’s ‘Speaking Out’,” as well as Metro Morning. He was one of the original co-hosts of “As It Happens” when it launched in 1968. He died in 2002.
Harry was the father of Robin Brown. A CBC author bio for Robin notes, “Genetics may have attracted Robin to radio journalism. She grew up ‘in the wings,’ as her late father, Harry Brown, was an award-winning radio and television broadcaster.” Robin’s LinkedIn notes that she has worked at the CBC since at least 1995, including as the host of “The Inside Track,” and since 2011 as a producer of “Windsor Morning.”
Robin is a cousin of Lisa Laco. A CBC article on Lisa notes, “Laco joined CBC Thunder Bay in 1992 as producer of the morning show.” It also states that she spent “more than two decades hosting CBC Thunder Bay’s morning show,” and hosted other shows as well. She retired at the end of 2020.
Lisa is the mother of Andrew Laco, who has also worked at the CBC, including on an elections team.
Journalists: Charles Bruce, Alan Bruce, Harry Bruce
Charles Bruce was a poet, novelist and journalist. He began working in journalism in Halifax in the late ’20s, relocated to Toronto in the early ’30s, and spent at least the next 30 years there as a journalist. He died in 1971.
According to his obituary, Alan spent 34 years with CBC radio. He died in 1998. A 2020 author bio of Harry notes, “Harry Bruce has been a journalist for 66 years and, for a quarter of a century, wrote a column for The Chronicle Herald.” Harry also worked at a range of other places, including the Ottawa Journal, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and the Toronto Daily Star. He has written more than 10 books.
Harry Bruce was the father of Alec Bruce. Alec’s website notes, “He has been a nationally syndicated columnist on business, politics and social issues. His senior editorial positions have included those with the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times of Canada, Commercial News Magazine, the Moncton Times & Transcript, and Atlantic Business Magazine.”
Journalists: George Burman, Tony Burman
He is the father of Tony Burman. A Walrus article notes, “A bred-in-the-bone journalist who started out in the late ’60s reporting for the Montreal Star, where his father was a news editor, [Tony Burman] has a lifelong passion for foreign correspondence.” Tony has since worked at a wide range of places, including CBC and Al Jazeera English. He currently works as a freelance contributing columnist at the Toronto Star.
Journalists: Stevie Cameron, Amy Cameron
Stevie Cameron is a journalist and author. She entered the industry in the late ‘70s as a food writer at the Toronto Star, and over the following decades would also work at the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and other places. She has also written several books.
Stevie is the mother of Amy Cameron, who is also a journalist and author. Amy has worked at a range of publications, including the Telegraph-Journal, Maclean’s, CBC and elsewhere. In 2016, she co-founded Cameron Pictures Inc., “an independent Canadian television production company with a focus on scripted content,” with her sister.
Journalists: Vince Carlin, Laura Carlin, Kevin Sylvester, Erin Sylvester
Vince Carlin is a retired journalist who worked in a broad range of positions over decades. At the CBC alone, he worked as “head of television news, head of radio news, and head of the 24-hour news network Newsworld,” according to a CBC article on him. He began working as the CBC’s Ombudsman in 2006, a position he remained in until the end of 2010. He also previously worked as a professor at Ryerson’s journalism school, and chair of the department.
Vince is the father of Laura Carlin. Laura has also done work at the CBC, including as a radio producer. Laura is married to Kevin Sylvester, who was a radio sportscaster at CBC. A profile for him at the CBC website notes, “During his tenure, he has been a reporter, producer, documentary-maker, writer and host.” His LinkedIn notes that he began working at CBC in 1989, and still does work there on occasion. He is also a popular author, including of children’s books.
Laura and Kevin are the parents of Erin Sylvester, who is currently the head of research at The Walrus. (Disclosure: This author attended journalism school at Ryerson University from 2014 to 2016 with Erin.)
Journalists: Yvonne Crittenden, Peter Worthington, Miranda Frum, Danielle Crittenden
A 2014 author bio for Yvonne Crittenden notes, “Yvonne Crittenden is an Australian-born journalist who worked for newspapers and magazines in Australia and Canada for 50 years. She now reviews books for the Toronto Sun and is glad to see journalism remains a family trade, with children and grandchildren taking up the profession. Her daughter, Danielle, is Managing Blog Editor of the Huffington Post Canada.” Yvonne previously worked at a range of places, including the Toronto Telegram.
Yvonne was married to Peter Worthington, who she met at the Toronto Telegram. He started working there in the mid 50s, and remained until it closed in 1971. He was then part of the group that started the Toronto Sun, becoming one of the founding editors and eventually the editor-in-chief. He would also help launch the Ottawa Sun, and eventually became a columnist at the Sun media chain until his death in 2013.
Yvonne is mother, and Peter step-father, to Danielle Crittenden. Danielle has previously worked as a columnist at the Toronto Sun and as the managing editor at HuffPost Canada’s blog section. Her Twitter bio notes that she is currently the host and executive producer of The Femsplainers Podcast. Danielle is married to David Frum.
David and Danielle are the parents of Miranda Frum. Miranda formerly did freelance journalism work, alongside modelling. A 2012 mini-profile of her at the National Post writes, “No shrinking violet. A veritable pinata of opinions — she can hold forth on everything from America’s Next Top Model to the state of Syria! — this missy is as beautiful as she is bold. […] Comes by her punditry honestly — being the daughter of A-list opinonistes David Frum and Danielle Crittenden and all!”
Journalists: Robert Cushman, Chloe Cushman
Robert is Chloe Cushman’s father. Chloe is a freelance illustrator. Her website notes, “She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times, and her work has appeared in many other international publications. Before starting her own practice, Chloe was a Visual Journalist for Canada’s National Post newspaper.”
Journalists: Gwynne Dyer, Evan Dyer
Gwynne Dyer began writing articles in the early ’70s, after spending time in academia. He began writing a regular syndicated column in 1973, which he still does today. According to his website, his column appears in more than 50 publications within Canada alone and many more internationally. He has also written books, and lectured on international affairs.
Gwynne is the father of Evan Dyer. A CBC author profile for Evan notes, “Evan Dyer has been a journalist with CBC for 18 years, after an early career as a freelancer in Argentina. He works in the Parliamentary Bureau.”
Journalists: Alan Edmonds, Sarah Edmonds
Alan Edmonds was a journalist and author who worked in the industry for decades. An article about Edmonds notes that he was “best known as one of the hosts of the CTV-TV show ‘Live It Up!,’ [and] also worked at many of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including Maclean’s magazine, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun.” He also wrote several books. He died in 2004.
Journalists: Tarek Fatah, Natasha Fatah, Sonya Fatah
Tarek Fatah has worked as a journalist in Canada for decades, most recently as a Toronto Sun columnist (2012 to current).
Sonya Fatah is first cousin once removed from Tarek. Sonya is second cousins with Natasha. Sonya currently works as an assistant professor at Ryerson’s school of journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of J-Source. A Ryerson bio for her notes, “Most of Sonya’s working life as a journalist was spent overseas in India and Pakistan, covering South Asia for Canadian and U.S. publications.” (Disclaimer: This author is currently working with Sonya on a media diversity project.)
Journalists: Brian Fawcett, Max Fawcett
Brian Fawcett is a journalist and author. An author profile for Brian notes, “Brian Fawcett is the author of more than twenty books. He is a past editor of Books in Canada, a former columnist for the Globe and Mail, has written articles and reviews for most of Canada’s major newspapers and magazines, and is a founding editor of the internationally followed Internet news service, www.dooneyscafe.com.”
Brian is the father of Max Fawcett. Max is currently a columnist at Canada’s National Observer. An author bio for him at the site notes, “Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil and Vancouver magazines. His work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Walrus and CBC. He lives in Calgary.”
Journalists: Diane Francis, Eric Francis
Diane Francis has worked in journalism for decades. She was hired in 1981 as a business writer at the Toronto Star, and has since worked at: Maclean’s, Toronto Sun, Financial Post, and the National Post, among other places. Her website notes that she is currently editor-at-large at the National Post.
Diane is the mother of Eric Francis. Eric’s Twitter notes that he is currently “Senior columnist/analyst with Sportsnet,” and, “Former [Hockey Night In Canada] & JACK FM mouthpiece.” He also used to write for the Calgary Herald.
Journalists: Barbara Frum, Linda Frum, Miranda Frum, David Frum, Danielle Crittenden
Barbara Frum began working at the CBC in the early-’70s as an “As It Happens” co-host. She worked in that role until 1982, and then became the host of CBC’s “The Journal” TV program, where she spent the next 10 years. She died in 1992. The atrium in the CBC’s Toronto headquarters is named after her.
Barbara is the mother of Linda and David Frum.
Linda worked in journalism as a contributing editor to Maclean’s, and also as a columnist at the National Post (1998 to 2002, 2006 to 2007). Linda was appointed to the Senate of Canada by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 to represent Ontario, and remains in this position. Linda has also written multiple books, including one on her mother.
David began working in corporate journalism in the late-’80s at Saturday Night Magazine in Toronto. Since then, he has worked in a range of roles including as a National Post columnist, Wall Street Journal editor and The Atlantic senior editor and staff writer. David was also a speech writer for former U.S. President George W. Bush.
David is married to Danielle Crittenden. Danielle has previously worked as a columnist at the Toronto Sun and as the managing editor at HuffPost Canada’s blog section. Her Twitter bio notes that she is currently the host and executive producer of The Femsplainers Podcast.
David and Danielle are the parents of Miranda Frum. Miranda formerly did freelance journalism work, alongside modelling. A 2012 mini-profile of her at the National Post writes, “No shrinking violet. A veritable pinata of opinions — she can hold forth on everything from America’s Next Top Model to the state of Syria! — this missy is as beautiful as she is bold. […] Comes by her punditry honestly — being the daughter of A-list opinonistes David Frum and Danielle Crittenden and all!”
Journalists: Robert Fulford, Geraldine Sherman, Sarah Fulford
Robert Fulford and Geraldine Sherman are a married couple that both have decades of experience in journalism.
Robert Fulford worked in a broad range of places, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Saturday Night magazine, the National Post, the Financial Times, and as a panelist at the CBC. (Robert’s own father was a Canadian Press journalist. In a 1996 article about his mother, he wrote, “Her maternal grandfather edited a newspaper In London, Ont., two uncles were American reporters, and a half-dozen grandchildren are journalists or writers.”) His columns appeared in the National Post as recently as 2019.
Geraldine Sherman worked as an executive producer at CBC Radio from 1966 to 1988, and has freelanced at many publications since then, including Saturday Night magazine, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star.
Robert and Geraldine are the parents of Sarah Fulford. Sarah joined Toronto Life as an associate editor in 1998, a couple years after her undergraduate degree wrapped up. In 2004, she became a senior editor, and in 2008, the editor in chief, a position she has held since.
Sarah’s predecessor as editor in chief at Toronto Life was John Macfarlane. A 2009 Ryerson Review of Journalism profile of Sarah notes that she met Macfarlane when she was a child through her parents (though they became friends later), and that in April 2005, he told Sarah he was thinking of retiring and wanted her to take his position.
The profile states, “It wasn’t easy for those in Fulford’s shadow. ‘Toronto Life was hard to be at if you weren’t Sarah,’ says a former staffer who likened her to a favourite child, and says it felt ‘like nothing you did was ever going to be recognized.’ Fulford, meanwhile, made the most of it. She jokes about ‘bullying’ her way into relationships with Macfarlane, current executive editor Angie Gardos, and former fellow associate editor Gary Ross.”
The Fulfords are also related to Globe columnist, Marcus Gee, and Globe reporter, Eric Andrew-Gee, through Diane Fulford Gee, who was a mother to Marcus, a grandmother to Eric and an aunt to Sarah.
Journalists: Marcus Gee, Eric Andrew-Gee
Marcus Gee has worked as a columnist at the Globe and Mail since 1991.
Marcus is Eric Andrew-Gee’s father. Eric has been working at the Globe since 2015.
In November 2015, the Globe published an article of a correspondence between the two, titled “Battle of the ages: A boomer and his millennial son debate the challenges of two very different generations.” Within the piece, remarking on how the conversation had gone, Eric writes, “Weren’t we worried at some stage that this wasn’t going to be personal or combative enough? So much for that. This is what WASP men do for therapy.”
Both Marcus and Eric are also related to Toronto Life editor in chief Sarah Fulford through Diane Fulford Gee, who was a mother to Marcus, a grandmother to Eric and an aunt to Sarah. She died in 2019.
Journalists: Shirley Adamson, Christine Genier
Shirley Adamson was a CBC Radio reporter.
Journalists: Rick Grant, Meghan Grant
Journalists: Con Griwkowsky, Catherine Griwkowsky, Fish Griwkowsky
Con is the father of Catherine and Fish Griwkowsky.
Fish Griwkowsky is a journalist that has worked at the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal at differing points in his career. His Twitter profile notes that he is currently the arts critic at the Edmonton Journal.
Catherine Griwkowsky has worked in journalism since at least 2008, including at the Edmonton Sun (2011 to 2018). She now works at AB Today. A 2015 tweet from Catherine noted that after the Edmonton Sun/Edmonton Journal merger, all three Griwkowskys may work in the same building. She already did so with her dad.
Journalists: Peter Gzowski, Alison Gzowski
Peter Gzowski entered journalism in the late-’50s, and retired in 1997. In the initial stage of his career he worked at various print publications, including the Toronto Star and Maclean’s. He then spent more than 20 years as a radio (and briefly television) host at CBC. He wrote several books, was widely awarded and acknowledged for his career, and was also the subject of a biography. He died in 2002.
Peter is Alison Gzowski’s father. Alison has worked in the industry since at least 1993, according to her LinkedIn, including at the CBC in radio and television (1993 to 2009) and the Globe and Mail in varying editing roles (2001 to current.)
Journalists: Matthew Halton, David Halton, Dan Halton
Matthew Halton began working at the Toronto Star in 1931 as a reporter. He also filed radio reports for the CBC, and joined the station on air in 1943 as a war correspondent, and later as a foreign correspondent. He died in 1956.
Matthew was the father of David Halton. An author bio for David notes, “The senior Halton had a big influence in David’s career choice. David Halton joined CBC in 1965, and has spent time as a foreign affairs correspondent in: Paris, Moscow, London, Quebec, Middle East, Vietnam, Ottawa and Washington, D.C. Before moving to Washington, Halton was the chief political correspondent in Ottawa for the CBC. He retired in June 2005, although he still acts as a special contributor on CBC.” He has since written a book about his father.
Journalists: Ian Haysom, Beth Haysom, Paul Haysom
Ian Haysom is a journalist and author. A biography presented alongside a recent book excerpt notes, “Ian Haysom has been a reporter, feature writer, music writer, film critic, correspondent, city editor, and columnist. He was editor-in-chief of two of Canada’s largest newspapers, the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun. Later, he moved to television as the news director for BCTV News, Global News in Vancouver, and CHEK News in Victoria.” He started writing for newspapers as early as 18, and has said he spent more than 45 years in the industry.
Ian and Beth are the parents of Paul Haysom. Paul is currently a Global News Morning BC anchor. His profile on the site notes, “Paul comes to BC from Calgary where he anchored their Global News at 11 newscast. Before joining Global News Calgary, Haysom worked in B.C. where he was an award-winning anchor and reporter for CHEK-TV on Vancouver Island, before moving to Global BC where he was a producer and anchor.”
Journalists: Gordon Henderson, Stuart Henderson
Gordon Henderson is a journalist and author. A bio for him notes, “Gordon Henderson began his career as parliamentary correspondent for Global TV. He produced documentaries for CBC’s The Journal and was the senior field producer at CTV’s W5 before starting 90th Parallel Productions in 1987. He was the senior series producer of the celebrated CBC/Radio-Canada series Canada: A People’s History.” 90th Parallel Productions is “an independent film and television production company based in Toronto.”
Gordon is the father of Stuart Henderson. Stuart is both an academic and journalist. He currently works at 90th Parallel, started by his father. His bio on the site notes, “Since joining the company full time in 2013 he has produced and advised on over a dozen award-winning films including The Skin We’re In, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, and Inconvenient Indian. […] A former creative consultant and syndicated Pop Culture columnist with CBC Radio One, Henderson has experience on both the creative and the critical sides of the fence. A former editor with PopMatters and Exclaim! magazines, he is a juror for the Polaris Music Prize.”
Journalists: Beland Honderich, John Honderich, Robin Honderich
Beland Honderich became the editor in chief of the Toronto Star in 1955, and director in 1956. He became the president and publisher in 1966. In 1976, he became the chairman and CEO of TorStar. He would retire in 1988.
Beland’s son, John Honderich, was the Star’s publisher from 1994 to 2004. The family also remained as one of the five in control of the publication’s ownership until last year.
Beland is a grandfather, and John a father, to Robin Honderich. Robin has worked in the journalism industry since at least 2005, including at Metroland, CTV, TSN and at the Toronto Star for the past six years, most recently as the director of digital subscriptions.
Journalists: Jim Hume, Mark Hume, Stephen Hume, Nic Hume
Jim is the father of Mark Hume, Stephen Hume and Nic Hume. Mark has worked in a variety of roles since entering the industry in the ‘70s, including at the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Journal, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. He is now a freelancer.
Stephen worked in the industry for more than 50 years, including as a columnist at the Vancouver Sun, starting in the mid-’80s. He retired in 2017.
Nic Hume previously worked as a photojournalist, including at the Times Colonist. A 2006 Times Colonist article about the family notes, “Columnist Jim Hume, 82, has a career that spans more than five decades. His son Nic, 24, is in his first year as a photographer at the Times Colonist. Together they are the architects of Hume and Hume, a new series that starts today in Monitor. The series pairs Jim’s knowledge of the province and his wide circle of friends and colleagues with Nic’s portraits.” He now works as a paramedic in B.C.
Journalists: Jonathan Kay, Barbara Kay
Jonathan Kay entered the industry with a position on the National Post’s editorial board in 1998. He eventually became a columnist, and the editor for the comment section, before leaving to become the editor in chief of The Walrus. He is currently an editor at Quillette.
Jonathan is Barbara Kay’s son. Barbara was hired as a National Post columnist in 2003 (not by Jonathan), and has remained there since with the exception of a few months in 2020.
Journalists: John Lorinc, Victoria Foote, Jacob Lorinc
John Lorinc is a freelance journalist and author who started his career in journalism in the late 80s. His LinkedIn notes, “He has contributed to numerous national and local publications including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Spacing, Walrus, Canadian Business, Reader’s Digest, Cottage Life, Atlantic Cities and the New York Times.”
John and Victoria are the parents of Jacob Lorinc. Jacob has worked in corporate publications since at least 2018, including at the Globe and Mail, Brunswick News and currently as a staff reporter at the Toronto Star.
Journalists: Herb Luft, Amy Luft
Herb Luft began working in corporate media in the late-’60s, retiring in 2010. Over that period, he worked as a newscaster, reporter, TV anchor and director. He spent nearly 40 years working at CFCF/CTV in Montreal. He also spent the last decade of his career also working as a CTV News reporter.
Herb is the father of Amy Luft. Amy has worked “as a digital reporter at CTV Montreal since 2010, producing written and video content for the website and social media pages before being promoted to Supervising Producer, Digital Content in 2020,” according to a CTV bio. The bio adds, “Journalism is in Amy’s blood – her father, Herb Luft, worked at CFCF/CTV Montreal for 39 years.” She also previously worked at the Montreal Gazette.
Journalists: Roy MacGregor, Kerry MacGregor
Roy MacGregor is a journalist and author. An author profile at the Globe and Mail, where he worked as a columnist and feature writer, notes, “Before joining in 2002, he worked for the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s magazine, the Toronto Star and The Canadian Magazine. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including two National Newspaper Awards, several National Magazine Awards and twice the ACTRA Award as the best television drama writer in the country. He is also the author of nearly 40 books…”
Roy is the father of Kerry MacGregor. Kerry’s website “About Me” page notes, “I’m a writer and journalist who has reported for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and in radio and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I’ve also produced arts & culture segments for CBC’s Q, Studio Sparks and Ottawa’s All In a Day, and I’ve worked as the writer/editor for CBC Ottawa’s website, and have produced a number of short, national radio documentaries.” She has also co-written books with her father.
Journalists: Linden MacIntyre, Carol Off, Darrow MacIntyre
Linden MacIntyre began working in journalism in the mid-’60s. He joined the CBC in 1976, and worked there until his 2014 retirement in a variety of roles, including as a co-host of “The Fifth Estate.” He has also written several books.
Linden is married to Carol Off. Carol has worked at the CBC since at least the early-’80s in a variety of roles, many on the radio. She currently works as a co-host of CBC’s “As It Happens.” She has also written several books.
Journalists: Arch MacKenzie, Colin MacKenzie
Arch is the father of Colin MacKenzie. A bio for Colin notes, “He began his career in journalism in Ottawa and has held senior positions at a variety of major Canadian publications. He was managing editor, editor of the Report on Business and a Washington correspondent for the Globe and Mail. At the Toronto Star his roles included business editor, national editor and foreign editor.”
His LinkedIn bio notes he is, “Currently teaching at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in the fellowship for global journalism program, he is also editor of Intelligence Memos at the C.D Howe Institute. [sic] and a freelance editor and writer.”
Journalists: Rex MacLeod, Robert MacLeod
Rex MacLeod was a sports journalist. He worked in the industry from at least the early-’50s to the late-’80s, primarily at the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is a member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He died in 1995.
Rex is the father of Robert MacLeod. Robert worked for nearly 40 years at the Globe and Mail, primarily as a sports reporter. Robert has described going into the same industry as his father as “inevitable.” Speaking to reporter John Iaboni, for an article titled “MacLeod Legacy: Like father, like son,” Robert said he started in journalism at the Globe and Mail “in the early ’70s when I was in Grade 10 in high school. I began by answering the phone on the high school sports desk.” Rex worked at the Globe until 1974, according to his obituary in the paper.
Journalists: Les MacPherson, Colleen MacPherson, Alex MacPherson, Taylor MacPherson
Les MacPherson was a columnist at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for more than 35 years. He retired in 2016, and continues to freelance occasionally. He is married to Colleen MacPherson, who also worked in journalism in the past, including at the Prince Albert Daily Herald, where the two met.
Les and Colleen are the parents of Alex and Taylor MacPherson.
Alex has worked at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix in some capacity since at least 2016, currently as a reporter. A 2017 article published at the paper discussing its legacy notes, “The current journalists — both new and experienced — understand they are carrying on a tradition. Perhaps this is especially true for reporter Alex MacPherson. Although he is in the early years of his journalism career, the ins and outs of the business are genetically ingrained. Both his parents — longtime StarPhoenix columnist Les MacPherson, and Colleen MacPherson — are fine Saskatchewan journalists. Scratch Alex’s arm and printers’ ink may well rise to his skin’s surface.”
A 2016 article by Les announcing his own retirement states, “I was lucky for the last year to work here with our older son, Alex.”
Taylor has also worked in the industry in a variety of roles. He currently works as an executive producer at Rawlco Radio.
Journalists: Gerry McAuliffe, Michael McAuliffe
Gerry McAuliffe began working in journalism in the ’60s. Over the next few decades, he worked at the Hamilton Spectator, the Globe and Mail, and the CBC, among many others. His work was widely praised, and he won a Michener Award in 1982. He died in 2020.
Gerry is the father of Michael McAuliffe. Michael’s LinkedIn notes, “Michael McAuliffe spent his career earning a well-earned reputation as one of Canada’s most highly respected and influential journalists. Over nearly three decades with CBC News, his work as a senior political reporter, investigative journalist and foreign correspondent earned numerous national and international awards, including the Canadian media’s highest honor – the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism. He now harnesses his significant international, communications, and humanitarian/development expertise to provide strategic leadership, creative program management, and story-telling inspiration to worthwhile democracy-strengthening efforts around the world.”
Michael worked at the CBC from 1989 to 2009. He has since worked in a variety of roles throughout South Asia, with his LinkedIn noting that he currently is an “International Development Consultant.”
Journalists: Andrew McIntosh, Carolyn Adolph, Emma McIntosh
Andrew McIntosh has worked in the journalism industry for decades, including as an investigative reporter or editor at the National Post, Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Agence QMI. He has been widely recognized and awarded for his investigations. He now works at the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle.
Andrew is married to Carolyn Adolph. An author bio for Carolyn at KUOW radio in Seattle notes, “Carolyn covers Seattle’s growth and the challenges people have in meeting the regional economy’s shifting demands. She came to KUOW after careers at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star.”
Andrew and Carolyn are parents of Emma McIntosh. Emma started working at corporate publications in 2015 in the midst of her journalism undergrad, including at the Calgary Herald (2015 to 2016), Toronto Star (2016 to 2018), StarMetro Calgary (2018 to 2019) and most recently the National Observer (2019 to present.)
Journalists: Carl Mollins, Julie Mollins
Journalists: Craig Oliver, Anne-Marie Bergeron, Murray Oliver, Annie Bergeron-Oliver
Craig Oliver began working in journalism in the late-’50s, retiring in 2019. Over the course of his career he worked at a range of places, including CTV. A Broadcast Dialogue article on his career notes he was “chief political commentator and a fixture on [CTV] for the last four decades.” He has received the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award.
Craig and Anne-Marie are the parents of Annie Bergeron-Oliver. A November 2018 Hill Times article describing Annie’s relation with her father is titled “Dynamic father-daughter duo: Craig Oliver and Annie Bergeron-Oliver now both working at CTV national,” with a subheading of, “For CTV Hill reporter Annie Bergeron-Oliver, journalism was just ‘the family business.’”
Annie currently works for CTV News as their parliamentary reporter. Her profile on the site notes, “Bergeron-Oliver previously worked as a reporter for CTV Ottawa, covering news and city politics. She has also covered federal politics for iPolitics.ca, worked at City News, and blogged for the Huffington Post from the Middle East.”
Craig is the father of Murray Oliver. Murray has worked in a variety of roles in journalism since at least 1999, including more than eight years at CTV as a bureau chief for Africa and in Manitoba. He currently works as a journalism instructor at Assiniboine Community College.
Journalists: Knowlton Nash, Lorraine Thomson, Fred Parker, Robert Parker
Knowlton Nash entered journalism in the ’40s. He worked in a wide range of positions, including reporter, editor, TV anchor, CBC management and TV host. He began work at the CBC in the late-’60s, and although he officially retired in 1988, he continued in some roles in the years to come. He has written multiple books, and received several awards from the government, including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He died in 2014.
Knowlton was married to Lorraine Thomson. Lorraine began freelancing for the CBC at least as early as 1960, and continued doing so in a variety of roles (including radio and TV host) until the late-’80s, when she retired. She died in 2020.
Journalists: Anna Porter, Catherine Porter
Anna Porter has been involved in the publishing and journalism industry for decades. She has written multiple books, and has freelanced at publications throughout Canada since at least 2001. Her website notes, “Anna Porter has been one of Canada’s most respected book publishers for 30 years. She was co-founder of Key Porter Books, a leading book publishing house […] She sold her interest in the company in 2004 to H.B. Fenn Limited. Well known in the publishing world, she was a regular at international book fairs. Through the 1990s she served on the Federal Government-appointed Information Highway Council and, subsequently, on the E-Business Round-Table. She served on the Council of the Association of Canadian Publishers and was, once, president of the Association.”
Her website also notes that she is “an Officer of The Order of Canada and has been awarded the Order of Ontario,” and “has served on a number of corporate and cultural boards, including Alliance Communications, Empire Company Limited, Maritime Life Assurance Company, Key Publishers Limited, McClelland & Stewart Limited, The Canada Council for the Arts, PEN Canada and The Shaw Festival. She currently serves on the boards of The Walrus Foundation, Schulich School of Business – Advisory, CODE Advisory, Toronto Public Library Foundation and Word On The Street.”
Anna is Catherine Porter’s mother. Catherine has been in the industry for more than 20 years, including at the Vancouver Sun, the Toronto Star (2001 to 2017) and the New York Times (2017 to current.) She has worked in a variety of roles throughout this time. Describing her work, Catherine has written, “I was bullied in grade school, so I champion the underdog.”
Journalists: George Radwanski, Adam Radwanski
George Radwanski began working in journalism in the ’50s. He was employed at various publications, eventually becoming the editor in chief at the Toronto Star in 1981. He left journalism in 1985 to go into public policy, becoming Canada’s privacy commissioner in 2000 before resigning in the midst of a spending scandal. He died in 2014.
George’s son Adam has worked in the industry since at least 2000, including at the National Post (2002 to 2006), Maclean’s (2006 to 2007) and the Globe and Mail (2007 to present). He has been a columnist at the Globe since 2009.
Journalists: Robert Reguly, Eric Reguly
Robert Reguly began working as a journalist in Canada in the ’50s. He worked at the Toronto Star for most of his career, and then the Toronto Sun for a few years until 1981 when he left journalism to work for the government. After retirement, he would continue working as a freelance writer. He died in 2011.
Journalists: Oakland Ross, Cecily Ross, Leah McLaren
Oakland and Cecily Ross are siblings. Cecily has been in the industry since at least the late-’80s, and has worked at Maclean’s as a section editor (1990 to 1992) and the Globe and Mail as a senior writer/editor (1995 to 2009), among other places. She still does freelance work.
Oakland began working at the Globe and Mail in 1981, and spent most of the next decade there. His LinkedIn notes that he worked at the Toronto Star from 2007 to 2009 as a Middle East correspondent, and since then as a feature writer and finally on a freelance basis. He has also written several books.
Cecily is a mom, and Oakland an uncle, to Leah McLaren. Leah wrote a column for the Globe and Mail from 2000 to 2017, before being let go. She now freelances for a number of publications, including Maclean’s.
Journalists: Murray Sherriffs, Catherine Sherriffs
Murray is the uncle of Catherine Sherriffs. Catherine spent a few years working at CTV from the late-2000s to early-2010s. A 2011 article about her at CTV notes, “Catherine Sherriffs will be the new anchor for the weekday Late News, with her first broadcast scheduled for July 4,” which followed, “four years of reporting for radio and two years of television reporting with CTV.” She remained in the position until 2013, and wasn’t brought back after maternity leave. Her Twitter notes that she now works as an “editor and blogger for Garden Culture Magazine.”
Journalists: Sylvia Stead, Allison Jones
Sylvia Stead has worked at the Globe and Mail since 1975, in a variety of roles. Her profile on the website notes, “As a reporter, Sylvia covered courts, education and Queen’s Park. She has served as National Editor, Executive Editor, Deputy Editor and was named The Globe’s first Public Editor.” It also states that she is “chair of the National Newspaper Awards Board of Governors.”
Journalists: Phil Stone, Jay Stone, Laura Stone
Phil Stone worked in Canadian radio from the late ‘40s until the ‘60s. Prior to that, he did work in print, including as a columnist at the Toronto Star and Toronto Telegram. He went on to become the founder of the radio program at Humber College in Toronto.
Jay is Laura Stone’s father. Laura currently works as a Queen’s Park reporter at the Globe and Mail. Her profile on the website notes, “Laura Stone is a reporter for The Globe and Mail’s Queen’s Park bureau. She joined the Globe in February 2016, reporting on federal politics in the Ottawa Parliamentary bureau until October 2018. Before that, she was an online and TV reporter for Global News in Ottawa.”
Journalists: Bonnie Swain, Brian Swain, Diana Swain, Lara Kuipers
Bonnie Swain worked in radio, including as the host of a CHTM show in Thompson, Man., in the ‘60s.
Brian is the father of Diana Swain. According to a Yahoo Sports profile, “Diana Swain worked with her late father Brian Swain as a co-anchor on CKND-TV in Winnipeg, which later became Global TV. They were the first father-daughter anchor team anywhere in North America. They worked together for two years before she left to join the CBC.” She has worked at the CBC ever since in a wide variety of roles across multiple shows. She currently works as senior investigative editor at CBC News.
Journalists: Jay Teitel, Emma Teitel, Jesse Brown
Jay Teitel has worked in journalism from the early-’70s until now, in part as a contributing editor to Toro. A 2017 author bio for Jay reads as follows, “Jay Teitel is a Toronto-based writer and editor who has won over 25 National Magazine Awards in categories ranging from Sports to Fiction. He’s written two books (The Argo Bounce and From Here to Paternity) and several screenplays and stage plays, including a musical about his father’s journey through Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer that ends Heimer). He’s also co-inventor of the classic board game Therapy, which to date has sold more than 3 million copies world-wide.”
Journalists: Warner Troyer, Scott Troyer, Jill Troyer
Warner Troyer spent decades working as a broadcast journalist and writer, including at the CBC. He co-hosted the first season of “The Fifth Estate.” He also wrote several books. He died in 1991.
Warner is the father of Scott and Jill Troyer. A bio for Scott notes, “Scott Troyer worked as a news cameraman and producer for CBC for 26 years before leaving to start his own production company, Hannabelle Media, in 2006.” A CBC bio of Jill notes, “Jill Troyer is a freelance journalist living in the Niagara region, with 38 years experience at CBC News.”
Van Dusen Family
Journalists: Thomas Van Dusen Sr., Julie Van Dusen, Peter Van Dusen, Lisa Van Dusen, Mark Van Dusen, Tom Van Dusen, Tina Van Dusen
Thomas Van Dusen Sr. was a journalist, among other roles, throughout decades of his life. According to a Canadian Press article, “He reported on Parliament for the now-defunct Ottawa Journal in the 1940s and 1950s,” before becoming a speech writer and political advisor for Liberals and Conservatives. He died in 2011.
As the CP articles notes, Thomas was the “patriarch of a clan of Canadian journalists,” with six of his seven children going into journalism: Julie Van Dusen, Peter Van Dusen, Lisa Van Dusen, Mark Van Dusen, Tom Van Dusen, Tina Van Dusen.
Julie spent more than 30 years working at the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau. Prior to that, she worked at Maclean’s, also in the parliamentary bureau. Julie has written, “My dad spent 40 years on Parliament Hill, so it always felt like a second home to me,” and noted that one of her mom’s paintings “hangs in the Speaker’s Hallway” in the building. Julie retired last year.
A CPAC bio page for Peter notes, “Peter is one of the most well-known political journalists in Canada, a distinctive and popular personality with close to four decades as both reporter and anchor. He joined CPAC in 2001, where he began his continuing stint as host of PrimeTime Politics, CPAC’s nightly political round-up. He also serves as the network’s Executive Producer, ensuring quality coverage of Canadian politics through a variety of platforms. Prior to joining CPAC, Peter spent seven years with CTV Ottawa and 11 years with the city’s CBC affiliate.”
Mark worked in media, including as a TV journalist at CJOH. He is now retired.
Tom has worked in the journalism industry for decades. In a May 2020 article announcing a new journalism position, Tom writes, “Hi! It’s me, Tom Van Dusen, still kicking around the news business after all these years, going back 50 actually — could that really be possible — with stints at the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, CTV News, various agricultural and weekly papers, and even a couple of summers back in the day at the long-gone Ottawa Journal.”
Tina previously worked as the COO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
Journalists: Anthony Westell, Dan Westell
Anthony Westell began working in Canadian journalism in the mid-’50s, and retired in the early 90s. Throughout this time, he worked at the Globe and Mail, as well as nearly 20 years as a columnist at the Toronto Star. He also worked as the director of Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication toward the end of his career. He died in 2017.
Anthony was the father of Dan Westell. An author bio for Dan notes, “Dan Westell worked at the Globe from 1979 to 1995, and at the Financial Post till it was taken over by the National Post in 1998. He was de-jobbed by the Post organization in 1999. He is an instructor at Ryerson’s School of Journalism.”
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to note that: Jay Teitel worked as a contributing editor at Toro, not the Toronto Star, and correct when Emma Teitel began working as a columnist; Taylor MacPherson is an executive producer at Rawlco Radio, not a radio producer at CKOM (which is owned by Rawlco); Sonya Fatah is an assistant, not associate, professor. Passage regrets these errors.
UPDATES: This article has been updated to note that Christine Genier has since resigned from her CBC position. It was also updated on January 13 and March 1 to add more families and journalists. The article will be sporadically updated with more family connections in the future.
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